GroundProbe is celebrating after taking out the Technology Transfer Award at the 2019 Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) Innovation Awards in London.
The event acknowledges and celebrates pioneering innovations across the breadth of science, engineering and technology. The Technology Transfer Award recognises “perception-shifting innovations that demonstrate effective use of existing technology from one sector to another in an alternative way.”
GroundProbe was recognised for its game-changing GML (Geotech Monitoring LiDAR) technology. Successfully proven in underground mines as a geotechnical monitoring tool, the GML was adapted for civil projects where it reduces the environmental impact and cost of tunnelling through reduced shotcrete use.
GroundProbe CEO Brian Gillespie said it was invaluable for Australian-based GroundProbe to be recognised on the global stage.
“It is an honour to receive international recognition from the world-renowned IET,” he said.
“I am immensely proud of our technology team, who conceived, designed, developed and commercialised this solution for cross-industry applications, all from our company headquarters in Australia.
“Across the world, GroundProbe technologies and our people that build them are making tunnels, underground and open-cut mines and tailings dams safer and improving the way we work,” Mr Gillespie said.
GroundProbe is a global leader in real-time technologies that help manage risk, ensure safety and increase productivity. The company has grown to become a global innovation powerhouse and the trusted partner of companies around the world.
The GML system is a high-speed computing and LiDAR technology that provides live feedback to aid efficient tunnel construction.
It scans the tunnel or civil project under construction, determining areas of non-compliance for real time remediation. It can produce 14 million point results in under two minutes, delivering the highest quality data in the fastest time possible.
GroundProbe’s Manager – Product Innovation and Commercial Benny Chen said: “In an industry first, the GML is able to guide construction crews to spray to the desired thickness or design profile on-the-fly in real-time.
“With live, actionable information, the innovation significantly reduces shotcrete usage and rework during construction.”
The GML has been successfully tested in several major tunnel construction projects in Australia and is currently being demonstrated across the Nordics and Asia. It has been proven to reduce shotcrete usage in tunnel projects, translating to significant environmental and cost benefits.
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